Eldred History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the name Eldred dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a person noted for giving good counsel.

Early Origins of the Eldred family

The surname Eldred was first found in Cambridgeshire, at Aldreth, a hamlet that dates back to 1170 when it was listed as Alrehetha in the Pipe Rolls. The name literally means "landing-place by the alders" from the Old English words for "alor" and "hyth." [1]

However, the surname dates back further and is recorded in the Domesday Book as Aldreth and Ealdred as holding lands under the Norman King William soon after the Conquest in 1086. In fact, Aldred was a famous ecclesiastic, who was Bishop of York from 1044-1060, and Archbishop of York from 1060-1069, and it was he who crowned the Conqueror.

"Edred or Eadred (died 955) was an ancient Saxon king of the English, youngest son of Eadward the elder and Eadgifu, and was chosen in 946 to succeed his brother Eadmund. At his coronation he received the submission of the Northumbrians, the Northmen, the Welsh, and the Scots. " [2]

Aldred the Glossator (10th cent.) was the "writer of the glosses in the Northumbrian dialect which are inserted in the Latin manuscript of the Gospels, known as the 'Lindisfarne Gospels,' or ' Durham Book,' and written about the year 700 in honour of St. Cuthberht. " [2]

Aldred (d. 1069), was an early English divine, Archbishop of York who first appears as a monk of Winchester. [2]

Important Dates for the Eldred family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eldred research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1198, 1552, 1632, 1653, 1561, 1624, 1586, 1588, 1563, 1646 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Eldred History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eldred Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Eldred include Aldred, Aldreth, Aldret and others.

Early Notables of the Eldred family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Eldred (1552-1632), an English traveler and merchant. Born in New Buckenham, Norfolk, after his parents moved from Suffolk, he traveled to Tripoli and returned home with a ship full of goods that were sold making him a wealthy man with a large fortune. His son, Sir Revett Eldred, 1st Baronet of Saxham Magna Suffolk (d. c. 1653) held the title but became extinct on his death. Thomas Eldred (1561-1624)...
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Eldred migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Eldred or a variant listed above:

Eldred Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Samuel Eldred, who settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Nathaniel Eldred with his wife and servants settled in Barbados in 1680
Eldred Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Chas. Eldred, aged 44, who settled in America, in 1895
Eldred Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Eldred, aged 37, who landed in America from England, in 1902
  • Albert Eldred, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Croydon, in 1905
  • Arthur Eldred, aged 24, who settled in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Byron E. Eldred, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Blanche Eldred, aged 30, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Eldred migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eldred Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Peter Eldred U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Port Matoon Association [3]

Eldred migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Eldred Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Eldred, English convict from Stafford, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [4]

Eldred migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Eldred Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Eldred, (b. 1852), aged 22, English carpenter from Hertfordshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [5]
  • Mrs. Sarah A Eldred, (b. 1849), aged 25, English settler from Hertfordshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [5]
  • Miss Annie Eldred, (b. 1873), aged 10 months, English settler from Hertfordshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Eldred (post 1700)

  • Pamela Anne Eldred (b. 1948), American model, Miss Michigan 1969 and Miss America 1970
  • Andrew J. Eldred, American master of the sealing vessel Thomas Hunt who searched for Charles Shearer, eponym of the Eldred Glacier, South Shetland Islands
  • Dale Eldred (1933-1993), American sculptor
  • Arthur Rose Eldred (1895-1951), American agricultural and railroad industry executive, first Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America
  • Bradley "Brad" Ross Eldred (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Calvin "Cal" John Eldred (b. 1967), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Elon A. Eldred, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1912 [6]
  • Caleb Eldred, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Kalamazoo County, 1837 [6]
  • Caleb Eldred, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County, 1818-19, 1820-21 [6]
  • Andrew J. Eldred, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1878 [6]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Eldred family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Eric C Eldred (b. 1921), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from St. Pancras, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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